Uro Bannera is the pseudonym of an Italian artist and architect (Giovanni La Fauci, Messina, 1975). In 1996 he studied anatomy, portrait and comic. He creates illustrations and performs works for private clients. In 1997 begins an independent figurative research, his language becomes more schematic, both in the sign and in the colour. Soon he introduces photography to support his work. He realizes his first works of advertising graphics. In 2002 he graduated in Architecture and carried out research for the AACM Department (Architecture and Analysis of the Mediterranean City) of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. Between 2002 and 2004 he lives and works in Rome. Since 2005 he deals with set design, costumes and stage design for theater, TV and cinema. Attracted by the advertising culture, he is often inspired by the great stars of Graphic Design from the Twentieth century. Since 2006 he has increasingly resorted to digital painting techniques, intentionally deviating from the concept of unique piece. The last production is animated by a personal iconological research on the extreme reduction of sign and colour, in order to reach archetypal forms. In 2012, with other researchers, he founded Imago, a journal of the social imaginary.
Have you slept? Have you eaten?
Did you put the cream on? Do you still feel pain?
Do you need potassium? Does your body have sufficient fluids?
Does your new tongue know flavors? Can you hunt?
Can you catch a chicken with your hands? Can you break his neck?
BLAU _ A human. The face is altered by a systematic surgical re-mapping of facial tissues. Culture is disintegrated to the advantage of the individual that composes himself. It’s clear that the human is a male. He is half naked (or totally naked) , his body completely covered with thick grease. He’s sitting on a bed. He gets up. His body is large, visibly oversized compared to the objects around him. Then, the man's face appears in the act of sitting down, in the foreground. A blue fluorescent bar cuts the visual field, horizontally. The man is staring beyond the bar, at another form of intelligence, A.F.I., that we can’t see.
A.F.I. questions the man. The voice of A.F.I. is aseptic. It’s an interrogation that doesn’t consider answers with argumentation, but only: yes, no, maybe. Sometimes, the man sneers. Between the interlocutors there’s a total custom. A.F.I. tests the awareness of the man of being still a man, who he is at that time. A.F.I. is a logical process, brought to the extreme.
The gait of the logical process breaks the man's sneer. The man gets lost, sinks into uncertainty. Blue is scratched by red glow vertical bars. Flashes like splinters. The voice of the man goes out to silence, it’s time for a dry and icy electronic BIT. Here’s a flash: a hand on the feathers of a hen wrapped in a red light. Now Red dominates Blue. The Blue disappears.
ROT _ The interior of a light box. A red fluorescent bar divides the space, vertically. An electronic bit. A white hen wanders by pecking seeds. Trying to reach our gaze, it’s rejected, over and over again. External solicitations of light and sound test the unpredictable reaction of the animal.
V.R.A.B. is a reflection on the evolutionary stage of mankind, known as unique (?) species that can imagine itself, building itself, building time.